Why is it that our nature is to cling to “stuff”?
We go through life amassing treasures, trinkets and just loads of junk. There are some people who do not develop attachments to their possessions but that is not the norm. Most of us hold onto our possessions like our life depends on them. Why is that?
In reality, we live in a very commercial world. The economy is based upon us wanting to acquire possessions. Marketing (which I know I take part in) always is there to tell us of the latest and the greatest that has been released to update what was we purchased last week, last month or last year. When did things stop being made to last rather than to be replaced tomorrow?
Even when we live with a simple eye, we can find ourselves holding on to everything thinking that we will find a use for it at some point in the future. I am all about reusing and repurposing but there has to be a limit, a line drawn in the sand. Just because something can be reused doesn’t mean WE always have to be the one to do so.
Clutter is a source of stress and who needs more of that added to their plate? Not I!
When I was growing up, my parents always made due with what we had. We didn’t replace something until it needed to be. Both my parents were resourceful in their own ways. My Mother loved deals, used coupons, cooked from scratch and loved thrift store shopping! My Father was Mr. Fix-it (minus balloons and broken hearts), loved to garden and loved collecting items knowing we would use them one day (which tons of items have been.)
Over the years, between the two of them they have amazed an amazing collection of stuff. After spending the entire last week sorting and sorting, and sorting some more, one of my sisters and myself took 20+ bags and 20+ boxes of items out of my Father’s home in an effort to help jump-start his road to streamlining and simplifying his life. The crazy thing, if you have never been to my parent’s house, you would never know anything was missing!
Each night I came home with renewed zeal to do the same with my own home. I in no way have the amount of stuff my parents had, but do I have things I am holding onto thinking that “one day” I will use them? Absolutely! Some of them I am sure I will use, but others I am absolutely certain that even with well meaning intentions, they will continue to sit. Why should they continue to take up prime real estate in my home and be something that takes energy to preserve?
Even if you pay very little or even get something for free, possessions take time and energy to clean, preserve, use and store. Why do we allow our lives to be controlled by things that we don’t need and really don’t make us any happier? How many toys and books are actually practical to have?
Declutter Your Life
I have decided that in 2014 I am going to declutter my house and my life of the things that steal my energy and time from the more important things, my family!
Never does someone look back at their life and say they wished they had upgraded their phone sooner or wished they had bought that new purse. The bottom line, the most important things in our lives can’t be bought. We can not buy more time, more smiles, more laughter and more memories! Those are the things I wish to invest my time and energies into in 2014.
Why don’t you join me! Does your life need decluttering?
Starting Friday, I will be posting a six-week challenge to help declutter my life. If you are in need of decluttering, I would love to have you jump in and join us!